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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I’d been here before with a couple of work mates and was that impressed I wanted my wife to see what l was raving about, so we visited on a Thursday lunchtime. However, she is a veggie. Not the precious type, more pescatarian and dairy...tolerant and for her, choice was somewhat limited. This limited veggie choice is true for most pubs - veggies generally have limited choices when dining out. Not good, but thats the way it is 😢 She opted for the pumpkin ravioli and l had the special, braised steak with horseradish mash. OMG! My wife said, although she’s no Grace Dent, that the ravioli was a hearty 8.5/10 and my braised steak was to be honest, to die for. For pud, we shared a homemade tiramisu. Very romantic!🤭 If you are in the area ever, give it a go, l would be surprised if you leave disappointed. One suggestion though, book your table first.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend and I had lunch here last week. The menu was wide, the staff were pleasant and efficient and the food was delicious. We will eat here again.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 2 January 2024

Outstanding , comfortable , cosy bars and accommodation in peaceful village .There are none of the usual minor irritations : decent sized bath towels , warm clean and comfortable bedroom in a separate , quiet building on car park. Delicious breakfast prepared by Daphne ....We shall return ! Highly recommended .More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 10 December 2023 via mobile

We had a fantastic stay here. The food, both dinner & breakfast were gorgeous. Well cooked & succulent, with all our allergies taken into account. This is elsewhere, usually a problem. A lovely warm venue. Our room was spacious & clean, with a fenced patio...area for the dogs to use, or to sit out in the sun. All topped off by friendly, polite staff. We're looking for reasons to visit the area again, just to stay here. Thank you to all the staff for making our stay enjoyable.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 14 November 2023

My daughter and I were looking for somewhere for lunch and called into The Merrie Lion on the off chance they were doing food. The staff were expecting a large party but fitted us in. The staff were welcoming and friendly, the atmosphere was good...- peaceful and comfortable, and the service was good - prompt and attentive. The food was delicious. I had the beef ragu which was to die for! The meat was really tender and very, very tasty. My daughter had the battered haddock and chips, which again was very tasty. The only criticism was that the peas on her plate were a little too salty for her. My vegetables were fine. Needless to say The Merrie Lion is now on our list of pubs to visit again. If you like traditional country pubs serving very good food at a reasonable price, this one will not disappoint. I cannot comment on the beer as I was driving, but I noticed some real ale beers on the handpumps. Would definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023

We recently stayed here for two nights. The food was excellent (both evening meals and breakfast . Staff were friendly. The room was spacious, clean and well laid out.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023

I arrived late at night looking for a room having broken down on the M40. I’d been standing in the dark and getting cold by a busy motorway for a couple of hours before I found The Merrie Lion, and what a treat it was....The hospitality I received was incredible. The bar was lively, very friendly, beer well kept and my room was in an adjacent building, purpose built, and spotlessly clean with nice modern decor and a superbly comfortable bed. Thank you Merrie Lion.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 18 October 2023

A good menu with wide choices. Very friendly staff, efficient and discrete. Food arrived ahead of promise and excellent quality.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2023

Absolutely delicious Sunday roast. Between us we had roast beef and roast pork- the beef was cooked to perfection , tender and offered rare, medium or well done. The loin of pork came with delicious crackling. A great selection of fresh vegetables. Service was very...friendly and attentive. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 13 October 2023

Absolutely fantastic food!!!!! Best burger I've ever had and great draught ale. This place is a hidden gem!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 8 October 2023

Another lovely family meal at the Merrie Lion. We come here several times a year to meet up with family or friends with my disabled son, and the staff couldn't be friendlier or more helpful. They always arrange a quiet table and make sure my...son has a steak put aside for him. The chef is brilliant and caters for dietary needs and swaps really well. This time we brought a puppy, and she received some treats too! The other people who had the fish and chips said they were excellent. I had the pie, and the pastry was just as I like it. The steak was tender and delicious; the chips and fries are crunchy, the best anywhere. Everyone enjoyed their lovely desserts, especially the chocolate panacotta and the sticky toffee pudding. I can't recommend the Merrie Lion highly enough, I wish we lived nearer!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 13 August 2023 via mobile

Had a lovely.one night stay on out way to Cropredy. The room was great and we loved the private patio area we could sit out in. The food was great and so was the beer. Made very welcome, will definitely stay again

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 4 August 2023

Stayed for three nights to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary and attend a local wedding. We ate Sunday lunch and Monday evening in the pub the food was without exception fabulous and beautifully presented. The accommodation is in a separate building and is well equipped...and furnished to a high standard. Breakfast was plentiful and up to the same high standards as all other meals. Lots of choice and happy to make changes to their standard plates. Daphne and all of her staff were amazing and nothing was too much trouble. We were made to feel very welcome. If we are ever in the area we would not consider staying any where else. Thank you from all of us for making our stay so fantastic.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 2 August 2023

We chose The Merrie Lion because of it being quite close to the wedding venue Warwick House at Southam where our nephew was getting married. The distance was approximately 7 miles. Our room (No.2) was on the ground floor of the purpose built building which...has 6 bedrooms. The building is a very short walk across the spacious car park from the pub. The room was very spacious with a LARGE double bed. Plenty of wardrobe and drawer space . An excellent walk in shower and tea and coffee making facilities. We ate in the pub restaurant on Monday evening (31st July),along with 12 others that would be attending the wedding, and found the food to be of very good quality and plenty on the well presented plates.I had the starter of Salmon fishcake and a main of Cajun chicken skewered kebab. Both very tasty. My wife had Pate' to start and Chefs burger with bacon and cheese. Also very tasty. All of the meals were served promptly by very friendly polite staff. Our full English LARGE breakfast the next morning ( Which is pre-bookable by guests) was equally as tasty. And very filling to set you up for the start of the day. The sausages are supplied by a local butcher and are well worth trying. Plenty of tea and coffee and toast is also available when requested. The second morning (2nd August) I had requested scrambled eggs on toast with smoked salmon,which was very filling with plenty of salmon. All in all we would not hesitate to recommend The Merrie Lion to anyone for either a stay or to eat in the pub. Daphne the landlady is probably very proud of her pub, accommodation and staff. And so she should beMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 18 May 2023 via mobile

Friendly atmosphere and good service at the bar and restaurant (including breakfast). Hotel accommodation clean, modern and well appointed. Very good en-suite shower room.

Date of visit: May 2023
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The Merrie Lion is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5